Mutual Aid Groups for Grieving Parents
Abstract: When the death of an infant occurs, it is important to understand the trauma that is experienced by the parents. Childbirth educators are important partners in assisting grieving parents. This article provides an understanding of the importance of social support for mothers and fathers, offers suggestions on developing a holistic approach to assisting grieving parents, and suggests types of mutual aid groups that offer both social support and healing.
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The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.